ORIGAMI, DOLLS AND COLLAGES
I was taught Origami when I was very young by my mother, who is Japanese-Canadian. I was recently inspired by a video that my brother made to show how to make an Origami Butterfly as part of the International Children's Festival of the Arts in St. Albert. I was inspired to make one since it was a slightly different design than I knew. I used a piece of paper that had a photo of my face on it. Disappointedly, the image became hidden within the folds of the design but I knew that I needed to map out my designs according to where I wanted the facial features to land on the finished piece. This sparked an entire new series which also led to new masks incorporating the Origami.
Wearing them as masks:
In the past, I've used the same technique on dolls that I have done on the masks- using photo collage to make the faces.
When I have extra 'eyes and lips' from either project (masks or dolls), I've made collage, mixed media artwork.